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DateDate: 31-10-2018, 05:55

The company Swagtron, known for working on electric scooters, electric bicycles and hoverboards, announced it has entered the market of protective equipment, creating a smart helmet for skiers and snowboarders. The novelty is equipped with many interesting and useful functions, for example, she herself can call for help.
Snowtide (snow wave) - this name was given to the helmet - received a built-in Bluetooth adapter that allows you to transfer music from your phone, receive and make calls. In addition, the development is supplemented by the option push-to-talk, that is, in fact, is a walkie-talkie with unlimited range.
Using applications for iOS and Android, owners of Snowtide will be able to unite in groups, and then send each other voice messages by simply pressing one of the buttons on the helmet.
In addition, Swagtron has added an intelligent SOS system to its outfit, which automatically responds to a sharp drop and impact. As a result, an alarm is activated in the helmet. If the owner does not turn off the system within 60 seconds, she will send text messages and emails warning of the incident. In the application, you can specify several "emergency" contacts.
But that's not all - Snowtide can track the speed, duration, distance, angle of the trip, keeping statistics in the app.
The helmet is equipped with guides for glasses and induction channels to prevent condensation on the lenses. The rigid external case ensures reliable protection of the athlete's head, and the built-in ventilation system itself determines the air temperature and ensures the preservation of the ideal microclimate inside the equipment.
The starting price of the Swagtron Snowtide is $ 149, reports Digital Trends.

DateDate: 30-10-2018, 05:58
The company Volocopter, which produces silent electric airplanes, which take off and land vertically, plans to launch test air taxis in Singapore in the second half of 2019.
This is reported on the official website of Volocopter.
During flight tests, they seek to confirm the ability to move vehicles in an urban environment. In addition, the company plans to set up a design and development firm in Singapore to support these taxis.
The company has already gained the support of local authorities. Tests approved by the Ministry of Transport of the country, the Office of Civil Aviation of Singapore and the Economic Development Board.
“It is possible for air taxis to change mobility and logistics in urban places. Volocopter is at the forefront of such innovative technologies in the aviation industry. CAAS is pleased to work with Volocopter to explore technical capabilities and develop appropriate operational guidelines to facilitate testing in Singapore, ”said the head of CAAS.
Also, we previously reported that the taxi service Uber signed a contract with NASA, in which the space agency will develop software to manage flying taxis.

DateDate: 29-10-2018, 06:13

The ability to control such a property of a coating as the degree of absorption and repulsion of elements and substances is indeed a priority development of many leading teams of researchers around the world. However, it is worth noting the fact that not all of them succeed in this matter, due to its high complexity and multidimensionality. However, today a talented team from Canada presented their new development - or rather its preliminary concept - which is a smart coating that can repel absolutely all types of substances, except for those that the user wants to turn on in production.
It sounds really interesting, but Canadian scientists are still not in a hurry to reveal all the maps and share any specific details about their new development. It is only known that the development of this smart coating is carried out with the guidance of chemical engineering specialists from Canadian McMaster University in British Columbia and that the coating itself can really repel all third-party chemicals and compounds, except those that are needed by the end user.
This is due to the presence of a special lubricant that is applied with a thin layer to the coating and which plays the role of the main chemical insulator - but besides it, another bioactive compound also participates in the reaction and the process, which also has not yet been disclosed to the public. It is only known that the preliminary testing of specialists was crowned with success and that soon they will move on to the next stage in the development of their smart coverage.
Whatever it was, and the successful completion of this experience in the development of a super-repulsive smart coating can really become a priority, since such a coating can be used in areas of activity and technology where it is necessary to increase the level of security. For example, such a coating can be placed on the wings of passenger aircraft to prevent the formation of ice on their surface or to improve the quality of antibiotics.

DateDate: 28-10-2018, 07:48

The Amazon and Qualcomm partnership agreement will allow companies to expand the use of the Alexa Voice Assistant beyond smart speakers, as well as reduce the cost and production time of smart gadgets.
In some models of headphones you can already meet Apple, Google or Amazon virtual assistants, but Qualcomm can drastically increase their availability. The company is going to produce microchips, with the help of which any manufacturer of Bluetooth headphones can directly integrate Alexa into the device, writes the website CNBC.
The user can activate the voice assistant in the headphones paired with the phone by pressing a button. This functionality is reminiscent of wireless Apple AirPods, which also allow you to communicate with Siri.
Amazon can not wait to seize the market of smart headphones as soon as possible. Some models of Bose and Jabra already offer the opportunity to work with Alexa, and Sony promised this year to introduce a specialized software update. Google Assistant is also lagging behind, which can be used with Bose, JBL and Sony headphones, as well as with its own Pixel Buds.
Cooperation with Qualcomm will expand the range of models. Microchips of the company will significantly reduce the cost of production of smart headphones and time to market, said Vice President Anthony Murray in an interview with Reuters. He did not answer the question whether Qualcomm is going to make a similar offer to Google, but confirmed the company's intention to acquire other partners.
This step is part of a larger-scale Qualcomm campaign to diversify capital and move from manufacturing processors and chips for modems to new market sectors. In early autumn, the company introduced the updated chip for smart watches Snapdragon Wear 3100, which will keep the screen on all the time.

DateDate: 27-10-2018, 06:59
The picture, written by artificial intelligence, first sold at auction. Initially, “Portrait of Edmond Belami” was estimated at 7-10 thousand dollars (460-660 thousand rubles), but at the auction the amount increased by 45 times - up to 432.5 thousand dollars (about 28.5 million rubles), reports Lenta. In the creation of the work participated the Parisian art group "Obvious" (Obvious). He used an algorithm that analyzed 15,000 paintings painted from the 14th to the 20th century. Also, the algorithm determined who created the picture - a person or a computer. Work was considered completed when the system did not see the difference. Instead of the signature on the picture, they put the formula according to which it was created. “Artificial intelligence is one of the technologies that will influence the art market in the future. Although it is still very early to make assumptions about what changes await us, ”said the curator of the auction, Richard Loyd. Works of art are not first created by artificial intelligence. Thus they wrote music - for example, Amper Music made an album for the singer Tarin Southern with the help of an algorithm.